Friday’s Fave Five

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It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

In this busy season, I love the opportunity to pause and reflect over the best parts of the previous week.

1. Sleep. A couple of nights in a row, I woke up during the night and then couldn’t get back to sleep for a couple of hours. Sometimes when that happens I pray, most often I turn on some soft music. I want to keep everything conducive to going back to sleep, so I don’t get up except to use the bathroom. I was particularly frustrated when this happened on a Saturday night (as it too often does), afraid I’d be sleepy, draggy, or irritable all through church, but thankfully that didn’t happen. I took a long nap Sunday afternoon, but when the same wakefulness happened that night, I set my timer for a short nap Monday. And Monday night and following I went right to sleep and didn’t wake up til morning.

2. Rest. It’s a busy season, and I pushed myself more than normal a couple of days. I always look forward to evenings – I try not to be on the computer or working on a project at night when my husband’s home. Even if we’re not doing anything directly together, I enjoy being in the same room while we read our tablets. But those couple of days, I especially looked forward to getting the day’s work done and sitting with my feet up for a while.

3. Getting Christmasy things done: packages mailed and Christmas cards sent this week.

4. New Christmas decorations. I’m not sure why I’ve felt inclined to add to our Christmas decor this year – a combination of half-price sales and Hobby Lobby gift cards, I guess. πŸ™‚ I decided to look for a very small tree for what I call the spare or front bathroom, and found this:


Though this bathroom is a lot smaller (we don’t have much more counter space than that), it’s also less messy and cluttered, so this fits well there whereas in the others it would be just one more item. And this is the bathroom guests usually use.

Then, I saw this neat idea on a friend’s Facebook page: using oversized balls outside on plant hangers. I put one where we usually have the hummingbird feeder, outside my kitchen window:


And this one is by the front door (amidst my sadly overgrown rose bushes that need cutting back):


The flowers are a circlet that I usually put around the globe of the sconces in the family room, but just hadn’t done it yet this year. But the hole in the middle fit the ornaments perfectly. I think I’ll take them off, though, and replace them with a bow lest the sunlight fade the flowers. I don’t usually do much red – we have some red in the Christmas decorations, but no red in the house otherwise. I got silver at first, but returned them. The red shows up outside so much better. I have a few plant hangers outside the window by my computer and I am thinking of adding some there…:) But then, I don’t know if these are meant for outside, so I might wait a bit and see how they hold up in the weather.

5. A sweet exchange between Timothy (my grandson, 3 1/2) and Mittu (my daughter-in-law). Mittu has been recovering from an infection and not feeling well. She was drinking some tea, which Timothy thought was coffee.

Timothy: Coffee make you feel better?
Mittu: Coffee makes everything better. But you know what always makes me feel better?
Timothy: Me! Me! Me!

Happy Friday!

10 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. Aw, that Timothy!

    I like your outdoor decorations. And the bottle brush tree in the bathroom! I’m paring down, too, but it’s nice to add a little fresh new something once in a while, isn’t it?

    I’m at that place, too, where sometimes a solid night’s sleep is elusive and I just celebrate when I get some good nights in.

  2. I love that little tree in the guest bathroom. And the few balls outside make it look festive. It doesn’t take much to make everything look Christmasy. You’ve reminded me I still need to do my Christmas cards. Sigh.

    Timothy is adorable.

  3. How sweet! πŸ™‚ Love the decorating ideas. I did not put up any this year. Not that I am being a humbug but there just isn’t anyone to enjoy them with and it’s a lot of work. Glad you figured out how to get your much needed rest. I cannot nap. If I take a short one I am irritable because I didn’t get my sleep out and if I sleep until I wake up then I don’t sleep at night. I’m better off just roughing it through the day without. Have a great weekend my friend!

  4. Love that little Xmas tree for the guest bathroom!

    Outdoors, i do a mini tree for the porch and Xmas flags for the gardens and post. The balls are a great idea!

    Timothy is at a fun age for language skills!! πŸ˜€

    Enjoy a cozy restful with your feet up weekend!!

  5. Timothy is so cute….grandsons are amazing!
    Being unable to sleep is not fun… I do the same.. listen to some music… with mixed results I may add
    Your decorations are fab. I think the red is perfect.. especially with the finishing touches. And I love your little tree

    Have a great weekend

  6. That’s a perfectly sized tree for that spot! When there were multiple Christmas trees in our home, roomie put up a tiny one in the guest bathroom, too. The tile and countertop is pink (which we reeeeally try to tone down with neutrals) but the tinselly tree with its pink and purple blown glass mini-ornaments fit in there perfectly.

    Hope you can get more consistent and through-the-night sleep! Naps don’t always fill in the gaps, though it’s nice when you can sneak one in πŸ™‚ That Tim. He knows he is well loved! I got my Christmas shopping done and most of the card sent and can rejoice with you in getting Christmas preparations done.

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